Congregation Bnai Tikvah

Congregation Bnai Tikvah

1558 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, Illinois 60015
Phone: 847-945-0470 |

Continuing Jewish Education

Creating a Community of Lifelong Jewish Learners

The Leland and Mary Gottstein Continuing Jewish Education Program is dedicated to the concept that Jewish learning doesn’t end with Religious School – it continues throughout our lives. Our adult education offerings are designed to encourage critical thinking, inspire rich debate, promote curiosity, and nourish our minds and souls. B’nai Tikvah members and others in the community have access to a wide variety of continuing education programs, courses and activities, led by experienced teachers who provide stimulating, high-quality instruction.

Adult Education Brochure

Ad Ed Brochure 2018-2019

Studies With the Rabbi

Learn and grow with Rabbi Alex and others in our community.

Torah With the Rabbi

Rabbi Alex offers a weekly Torah study session, with a special focus on the Bible as a living tradition. The texts are looked at closely to see how they are perceived by classical and modern commentators, as well as their implications for contemporary society.

Lore in the Loop & Lore in the Suburbs

This program brings the Rabbi right to the offices of class participants — both in the Loop and in the ‘burbs. Lunch and lively discussion are provided. Our current topic is Pirkei Avot: The Ethics of Our Fathers – Jewish ethical teachings that provide a path for a better life.

  • Lore in the Loop: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm. Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 15, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 16, May 7
  • Lore in the Suburbs: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm. Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16 May 14
  • $25 cost includes lunch at participants offices
  • Contact Rabbi Alex ( if you are interested

Language Classes

Crash Hebrew – This intensive course is offered every August for students with little to no knowledge of Hebrew. We’ll have you reading Hebrew in time for Rosh Hashanah!

Intermediate Conversational Hebrew – The class will enhance the Hebrew language experience while exploring the Israeli culture using a variety of media and tools such as video clips, songs, news articles and culinary experiences.

Wednesdays, 6:30 PM October – April

  • Begins October 17

Florence & Laurence Spungen Memorial Film Series

Our popular Jewish Film Series is a great way to get a taste of Jewish culture, explore new concepts and hang out with friends in a fun, festive atmosphere. Each year we screen some of the best Jewish-related films made in America and throughout the world.

AIPAC Community Program

For questions please contact Brittany Cohen at (312) 253-8968 or

Please register Here

Join us for a New Mini Seminar by Rabbi Alex


Thursdays, 8:00 pm

March 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18

We will delve into the background, purpose and theology of our prayers as we search together for higher levels of spirituality in our ritual lives.
If you would like to discuss what are the meanings, reasons and motivations for prayers appearing in our siddur, please come and join us!


March 24-26, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Join Rabbi Alex Felch and fellow members of Congregation B’nai Tikvah in our nation’s capital, March 24-26, 2019, for the largest gathering of America’s pro-Israel movement.
Through demonstrations of groundbreaking Israeli innovations, keynote speeches by American and Israeli leaders, inspiring moments on stage, and intimate educational sessions, Policy Conference delegates experience the full scale of pro-Israel activism in three days. The conference culminates with the opportunity for delegates to lobby their members of Congress in support of legislation that enhances the relationship between the United States and Israel.
Expand your experience by also joining us for the pre-conference Shabbaton!
The Shabbaton is an educational seminar available exclusively for AIPAC Policy Conference delegates. On Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019, we will host in depth discussions about the US-Israel relationship in a restful and respectful Shabbat environment.

Why Attend?

• 600 speakers to learn from
• 535 Congressional appointments to help shape US policy
• An opportunity to make your voice heard

Learn More – For more information or to register for the conference, please
contact Lauren Waldstein at 312-253-8969, or
$100 off early bird discount – REGISTER TODAY!!

Annual JUF Brunch

Sunday, April 7, 2019

10:30 – Brunch

Please join us for Congregation B’nai Tikvah’s annual event on behalf of the 2019 Jewish United Fund Annual Campaign

Featuring Guest Speaker:

Yochi Dreazen

Topic: Out of the Shadows: Israel, Iran and the Mideast’s Newest War

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